Great Ball-to-DG Conversion
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Pros: I understand that this course is placed on the site of a previous 9-hole ball golf course. While there are still a few cart paths here and there, any signs of the previous course are gone.
I found this to be the best of the three, 18-holes course in the Rio Grande Valley. It offers a huge variety of hole lengths from 180' (Hole 11, Red) out to 940' (Hole 18, Blue). There are enough trees, boundary fences, ponds, and rough to require that you shape your drives on most of the holes, though a few are "throw it as far as you can" opportunities. A few holes have trees that create a low-headroom situation, depending on where you land your drive.
Two tee positions for every hole, with good concrete teepads and decent, if basic, signs. Excellent Innova Discatcher baskets show up and catch well.
I played my first round from the Red tees, and found that it suited my average ability very well. The holes were reachable without heroic drives, but errant shots were appropriately punished. At 6641 feet this is still a challenging course and a good test of disc golf.
Several days later I played from the Blue tees, which add an average of 100' to each hole, though it varies quite a bit. On the shorter, more technical holes the additional distance might be modest, but the line is changed enough to offer significantly more challenge. On many of the longer holes the blue tees simply add distance. Hole 18 for instance is 290 open feet more from the blues than from the reds.
While the course is very flat, there are a couple of baskets placed on mounds or elevated poles to add interest. Hole 18 finishes in a constructed mound that is ringed by 8 concrete columns spaced about 30' out from the basket. The 15' radius circle surrounding the basket is covered with multi-colored, tumbled glass pieces. Interesting and unique.
Several ponds are in play, though only Hole 9 requires a throw over water. It is a great risk/reward hole as you throw over two ponds with a landing area in between. You can take the safe par by throwing a short drive over the first, and then a shorter approach to the green. Or you can try to carry both ponds and drive directly for the green. Easy par or dangerous birdie?
Cons: From previous reviews the biggest issue out here is mowing, or lack thereof. For the rounds I played in early/mid March the conditions were great. The rough was starting to grow up and I can see that just a few more weeks would make disc-finding tough indeed. Some of the longer, more open holes had defined mowed fairways that were pretty narrow for the distance, so watching exactly where your disc lands in the rough was key.
The ponds certainly looked like they would eat your discs, but I didn't find any of the water holes to be unreasonable.
Boundary fences were in play on several holes. I did put a disc over but it was toward the adjacent highway and I easily retrieved it after my round. The area on the other side of the fence on holes 2 & 3 looked like (inaccessible?) private property.
Other Thoughts: I found this to be a great addition to South Texas Disc Golf. Play from the Red tees was great for intermediates, with the long tees adding challenge for more advanced players. This could be a tough course for beginner/recreational players, but not impossible.
I played on cool March mornings but can imagine how unpleasant the course would be on summer afternoons.
No water or restroom on site.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Interesting conversion of a golf course.
Pros: Pretty nice mix of wooded and open shot holes. A lot of jackrabbits running around so that's nice. The long shots allow for some serious bombers and the short ones allow for fun touch shots. Lake in the middle provides for an over-water shot and keeps you from getting too crazy.
Cons: -Two holes play way too close to water on both sides. I really just skip them as the course always has a strong south wind so your either throwing into a headwind or a tailwind from these baskets. Haven't lost a disc yet but have come too close every time. Just not fun holes.
-Course could be mowed a lot better and more often. High grass all the time, everywhere.
-Pars need to be fixed. Far too many par 3's and the course could use one or two more par 4's and a par 5...maybe.
Other Thoughts: Course used to be a golf course but doesn't play like a golf course.
This is a great layout!
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Pros: Nice tee pads and signs on every hole. Baskets are perfect. All shots required. One of the longer courses I've ever played. Trash cans and benches are plentiful. A great use of obstacle's from tee to green.
Cons: The long grass can make it difficult to find your disc, also making a run up tricky if you wanted to do so(but that's what the "rough" is for!). The trees have some serious thorns. I did not see any water fountains or spouts to fill a bottle. Some holes play very close to barb wired fence lines and your shot is essentially required to go over said fence.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed the variety of the holes on this course. It's probably never crowded(I played it twice and didn't see another player/group) I would suggest the other course if you're less than an intermediate player. Lots of fun to be had out there. ✌
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Rough is real rough
Pros: Potential to be a really nice course. Good baskets. 2 nice concrete tee pads on every hole. If you are tired of playing daffodil and have good control of your disc this will be a nice challenge. Good parking, portopotties.
Cons: Rough is beyond punishing. 3-6' tall thick grass. Holes are all very long (not convinced the distances are correct). Considering this course was built to help get more people involved in disc golf it is way too hard. Because there are so many blind corners on long holes with the rough being so thick and tall I lost two discs. I really enjoy playing but new people would lose a disc or two and want to quit playing.
Other Thoughts: The course is great if you are pro or a very high ranking am. For once a week players or new players it's going to eat you for lunch. If the city would keep the rough trimmed better it could get a 4-5 from me. It got such a bad review from me because it was designed to bring more people to the game, not run them crying and broke away.
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